Vincent De Haître (born June 16, 1994) is a Canadian dual-sport athlete competing as both a speed skater and track cyclist who has been in sport since 2000.[1] After competing at his second Olympic games in PyeongChang De Haître made the switch back over to track cycling where he has been competing as a member of the Canadian national team since the fall of 2018 in an effort to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.[2][3]

Vincent De Haître
De Haître in 2020
Personal information
Born (1994-06-16) June 16, 1994 (age 29)
Ottawa, Ontario
EducationUniversity of Calgary
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
Country Canada
SportSpeed skating
Track cycling
Turned pro2013
Medal record
Representing  Canada
Men's speed skating
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2017 Gangneung 1000 m
Men's track cycling
Pan American Championships
Gold medal – first place 2019 Cochabamba Team pursuit
Bronze medal – third place 2019 Cochabamba 1km time trial

Career edit

Speed skating edit

De Haître started in speed skating competing in the Gloucester Concordes speed skating club. He looked up to fellow Olympian and Gloucester teammate Ivanie Blondin who would sometime compete at the club in her national team uniform to which De Haître looked at as inspiration.[4] He won a silver medal in the 3000m relay at the 2011 Canada Winter Games[5] and made his World Cup debut in 2013. De Haître qualified to compete as a member of Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, by winning the 1000m event at the Canadian speed skating trials and finishing third in the 1500m. Along with the 500m race he set three personal bests by a significant margin to qualify.[6][7] De Haître was the youngest speed skater for team Canada at the 2014 games and surprised himself by qualifying, he said that he was looking ahead to the 2018 games in PyeongChang and not Sochi.[4] De Haître qualified to compete for Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics.[8][9][10]

Cycling edit

As a junior, he raced for the Ottawa Bicycle Club's Junior Team in both roads and track disciplines coached by Don Moxley, a team which produced several provincially and nationally successful junior cyclists. On the track, he won the 1 km time trial at the 2013 Canadian Track Championships over Zachary Bell.[11][12] During the 2014 Canadian trials in Aguascalientes, Mexico, De Haître broke the Canadian record per kilometre.[3] Also in 2014, De Haître competed at the 2014 Commonwealth games in Scotland, where he finished fourth in the team spring and seventh in the per-kilometre event.[3]

Personal life edit

Born in Cumberland, Ontario, De Haître attended École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges, a catholic French art high school, and subsequently attended the University of Calgary to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree while training with Canada's national long-track team.[1]

Personal records edit

Distance Nation City Date Time[13]
500 meters   Canada Calgary January 5, 2018 35.90
1000 meters   Canada Calgary February 25, 2017 1:06.72
1500 meters   Canada Calgary December 3, 2017 1:43.13
3000 meters   Canada Calgary September 23, 2017 3:44.76
5000 meters   Canada Calgary March 17, 2017 6:39.86

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Speed Skating – Biographies – Vincent De Haître". International Skating Union. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  2. ^ Csepio, Simone (29 July 2020). "The first athletes officially nominated to Team Canada for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games include 13 track cyclists and four road cyclists". Canadian Olympic Committee (COC). Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Vincent De Haître follows in the footsteps of Clara Hughes | Speed Skating Canada". Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  4. ^ a b "Ottawa-raised speed skaters qualify for 1st Olympics together". CBC Sports. January 29, 2014.
  5. ^ Speed Skating Short Track – 3000m Relay Male
  6. ^ Speedskater Vincent De Haître hurries Olympic plan
  7. ^ "Speed skater Vincent De Haître qualifies for Olympics". CBC News. 2013-12-31. Archived from the original on 2018-09-01.
  8. ^ Harrison, Doug (10 January 2018). "Ted-Jan Bloemen, Ivanie Blondin front Canada's Olympic long track team". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  9. ^ Spencer, Donna (10 January 2018). "Speed skater Denny Morrison and 'guardian angel' wife both headed to Olympics". Canadian Press. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Canadian long track speed skating team named for PyeongChang 2018". Speed Skating Canada. 10 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Profile". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2014-01-30.
  12. ^ "De Haître, 19, qualifies for Olympics ahead of schedule in long-track speedskating". Ottawa Citizen. January 26, 2014.
  13. ^ Vincent De Haître at

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